My name is Edouard Gusman, but everybody calls me Teddy. As the Educational and Technical advisor at PROOF, I would like to share with our supporters and readers what I do behind the scenes and why I work for PROOF.
I graduated from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Vermont with a Masters’ degree in teaching and a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures. I live and work in Baltimore.
In 2010, I started working for PROOF after moving to New York City because of the 7.0 earthquake that destroyed Delmas, Haiti, where my family and I had been living.
Looking back, it was a tragic time for me.
Nevertheless, in the midst of my calamity, I reminded myself that there are folks in every corner of the world that are in worse situations than I. So volunteering for PROOF became my way of helping others, by spreading the stories of those in difficult circumstances.
I manage PROOF’s online campaigns, translate outreach documents in French, and keep an up-to-date email list. I work with other staff members to send out invitations to our exhibitions and share our newsletter with our supporters and friends.
My hope is to raise awareness, help you see what I see, and understand what’s at stake in today’s world. My hope is for this generation to be aware that rape, genocide, war, and gender inequality are still the enemies. You might not see them on your block, but many people have to put up with them every single minute of their lives.
Most important, I use my work with PROOF to get our readers and those who attend our exhibitions to join forces with PROOF in saying NO to human rights violations in the world.
In so doing, we can put more pressure on international agencies and require them to do a better job, especially in the developing world. To join forces means different things to different people. It can mean using your time and expertise to support our work or donating your money to help us keep doing the work we’re doing.
Please don’t be a bystander. Join us in giving a voice to those who don’t have one.
– Teddy Gusman